Highland Devil’s Britches IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPAHighland Devil’s Britches IPA

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 259
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BigTrubble on 01-29-2013

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Photo of slusk
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy red with a moderate off-white head.

S: Definitely hop forward. Mostly Pine, with a bit of orange zest. Low malt in the background.

T: Bright pine hop flavor with some citrus. A bit of orange in the background with a decent supporting malt sweetness. Bittering hops kick in pretty fast, not overwhelming. Balanced nicely. The caramel malts come through well with a light toasted bread. finishes dry.

M: light bodied with medium carbonation. A wee bit of astringency, probably from the hops.

O: Not bad at all. The bitterness is right in line with an IPA and the caramel malts and a nice backbone. The bitterness lingers a bit on the palate. Overall it's a nice brew. Not a favorite but I'd drink it again. (736 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour: Orangeish red with a nice creamy head that dissipated rather quickly and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell: Heavy citrus hop oil smell with undertones of sweetness in the rear of the nose.

Taste: This is where this beer fell short to me. The front is a kick of hops that quickly gets overtaken by the sweetness of a red ale. The finish is a slight hop bite that lingers, but not too long.

Feel: Easy drinking, slight carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This one fell slightly short in my book. It almost seemed that they had an overly sweet beer and tried to off set it with hops to create an IPA. Still a good beer, just not a great IPA. (681 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours an slightly orange red with nice white creamy head and lacing.

Smell - malt, a little citrus hoppiness.

Taste - Hop profile is more on the fruit punch side and I really like that. Solid malt biscuit flavors on the finish for a great balance. I'm a fan.

Feel - smooth, creamy, carbonated appropriately.

Overall - Because it isn't aggressively hopped I feel like it is underrated. A very nice well balanced IPA that impressed me. (445 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This red IPA pours a rather clear redish-orange that is just a little lighter than good southern sweet tea. The head was beige and foamy but only about half a finger. The aroma is very nice citrus hops, apple, and a hint of spice and the flavor is like it. It has a nice medium body that is sweet and carbonated up front that turns crisp and finishes dry as you would expect from an IPA. This is a very well-rounded offering from Highland. My favorites from this brewery tend to be the seasonals. This and the Clawhammer Octoberfest are among them. (554 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours with a 2” fluffy cream colored head. Significant lacing and moderate carbonation. Color is a reddish brown and slightly cloudy.
Aroma: floral and some citrus hops dominate the aroma with pungent hop oil very noticeable. There is also a toasted bread malt smell.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. This finishes mostly dry.
Flavor: bitter hops combine with a somewhat ‘burnt toast’ flavor from the malts, but there is enough sweetness to maintain some balance. There is definite grapefruit taste along with some earthy and floral character hops. The malts hide in the middle and background with some whole wheat bread toast and hints of caramel and slight green apple. (709 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep copper/amber with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, caramel malt, and a hint of grapefruit form the aroma. Fairly well balanced between malt and hop presence.

Flavor reveals more sweet, bready malt dominance initially, becoming decidedly bitter and earthy in the finish. Underpinnings of grapefruit and tangerine add intrigue, but are overwhelmed by the bittering hops. Fruity specialty malt notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a bit in the high side, and light alcohol warmth. The finish is fairly astringent.

Not as much hop dominance as expected for an ipa. The bitterness is harsh and too much for my liking. Malt provides respite, but the balance is bitter. (748 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amusing name, bought for the Scottish brewery name and graphic and the fact that it was inexpensive and not available in my home state.

"Filled" 1/8/14. Three months old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a glass tumbler.

a: Clear copper with a two inch tall offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s: Caramel malt

t: Caramel malt with butterscotch notes and quite a bit of hop bite for balance. Bittersweet finish with some bitterness lingering on the sides of the tongue. Towards the end strong fruit notes emerge.

m: Light to moderate. Lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A deliciously different IPA, similar to what my ideal Scotch Ale might taste like but hoppier and with not as much body. Inexpensive too, the bomber was only $4. Wish I could get this in my state, but distribution seems limited to the South. (853 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark copper color leads to a stiff and thick white foam on top.

The nose is fruity with a lemon, grapefruit and tangerines. Slight pine and herbal hop character is notable.

The flavor is well balanced as the hops are herbal, floral and piney but a sweet caramel and maple malt flavor is evident. Not as much of the fruity hop flavor can be found but wisps of grapefruit hit you here and there.

The feel is easy and dry but has a bit of tart astringency.

This was a nice surprise. Highlands always makes good stuff but rarely are their offerings discernible with the rest of the pack. This on the other hand was done very well. (630 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, resiny head that collapses into a resiny plume and laces nicely. A floral/citrus hop aroma. Clear, burnt umber color. Starts off with an astringent, biting bitterness of citrus rind (almost cough-medicinelike). Then there is a more fruity aspect as floral hops come through, and even some nice, green hoppiness. Malt is subdued throughout. Finish is poignant bitterness and citrus rind.

I'm not huge on this one. There are some interesting hop flavors (on account of Apollo and Calypso hops), but they're not really interesting in the good way. If the bitterness and astringency were toned down, I could maybe enjoy this one. (642 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes a few weeks ago.

A: cherry wood color with about two fingers of white head with pinkish hue. Original and excellent

S: Strong piney hops. some light citrus. Terrific.

T: Again, strong piney bitter hops predominate. Wood notes. Some hints of fruit in background. A Classic IPA. No residual aftertaste

M: Medium body full of carbonation and life.

This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. (411 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear deep ruddy brown with a big creamy tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves nice lacing

S- nice pine hops aromas dominate

T- the taste is good, but a little muddied. There isn't anything really definitive, either from the hops or the malt.

M- a hint of carbonation and a thinner feeling on the palate

O- a good IPA. I prefer their Kashmir to this, but this is an interesting opposite (400 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lighter and crisper ales can often times get a fair nod. And the hoppier IPAs obviously find favor on the beer scene. But its the "balanced" American Amber Ales that usually get left behind. Well, the talented brewers at Highland have reinvented the style and, in doing so, developing a taste that's uniquely American.

The ale pours with a frothy dark amber color with redish-brown tones seemingly of mahogany. Its near-bright character highlights those chestnut highlights beautifully. Topped with a creamy and semi-firm foam cap, the beer's bone-white froth retains sturdily and trails with broken lace in its wake.

Toasted malt and hops frame the ale's overall scent. Grapefruit and fresh orange peels give the ale a vivid and snappy scent. Its backstage support from over-cooked caramel, bread crust and roasted pecans allow for a slight candied but toasty scent to balance the citrusy hops. A moderate scent of burnt pine needles rise as the first drink draws near.

To taste, much of the same transpires- its malty-sweet upstart is caught between caramel and toffee. Weave in those toasted nut flavors and the taste of "Cracker Jacks" candies come forth. Its middle palate introduces the hops which take command thereafter- pink grapefruit and orange zest become playfully acidic, as the ale trends crisp, refreshing and dry late. Its developing bitterness is sharply resinous with pine and freshly herbal mulled grasses. Its finish is short except for the lingering acute bitterness.

Medium-dry for Amber or IPA, the ale's short-lived sweetness quickly releases its carbonation and gives the ale a lift right from the get-go. This leads to a toasty-dry finish that's assisted by hop resins, moderate alcohol warmth and its mild hop-derived astringency.

The ale works beautifully as it more of an Amber Ale that retreats from the maltier and heavier versions of Ireland and England and trends drier and hoppier for that American attitude that's quickly emerging. (1,972 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish copper color, clear. Head is cream colored about thumb sized that leaves behind some good lace.

Aroma is floral, some light tropical fruit, pine hints. Overall its not bad but not very strong hop aroma. Hops are on a biscuit malt base. Not a bad smelling beer just not as hop forward as an IPA should be.

Taste is better then the nose at least as far as hops go. Good dose of hops on a biscuit malt base. Nice floral notes to start then moves to tropical fruits and finishes out with citrus and a pine resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is big medium seems little fuller then it should with a pretty decent kick of carbonation.

Overall not bad not great as far as IPA's go but a decent brew. Love Highlands they brew a great many beers but IPA's are not their strong suit. (790 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark, toffee coloring. Crystal clear with a slow, steady carbonation throughout the body and a filmy, low-profile, off-white head. Nose of floral hops, citrus highlights, dark resinous characteristics, and some roasted notes. Flavors are heavily roasted as well, with a strong resinous backbone, rich toffee blend, and sharp citrus highlights, heavy on the grapefruit. Heavy on the palate. Smooth, robust body, with a roasted sweet and darkly resinous aftertaste that transitions into a bitter, drying finish. (570 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear dark copper. Tiny off-white head drops to a small collar with no lingering cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big caramel malt sweetness with some backing toasted notes. Some toffee and biscuit. Cooked and caramelized malts Hops runs a bit tropical, mango and grapefruit. More earthy and herbal than anything. Nicely balanced. Decidedly easy coast, but in a way that I'm starting to think is unique to NC. Slight toasted element.

Taste: Light caramelized malt backbone. Breadier than the nose indicated. Slightly toasted. Some bread crust and caramel malt. Hops are super earthy with a slight herbal undertone. Leafy and a bit dirty. Lingering mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a slightly below average carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Somewhere in the first circle.

A mellow and approachable IPA, if you can even call it that. Hits in that session IPA territory, but it's decent. (970 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a very nice head; good lacing, too

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel, up front, with piney tobacco flavors developing in the middle; grows earthy and grainy in the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: In today's market, this is a pretty forgettable IPA, sadly (336 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber in color, good visible carbonation, one finger of white head.

S: Heavy bready malt, bitter resinous pine and citrus rind hops.

T: Bitter grassy and pine resin hops, decent toasty malt backbone. Good amount of bitterness in the hang.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation. The alcohol presence is heavy-handed, especially considering the relatively tame ABV.

O: I'm disappointed with this one. Falls short of what I expected from this brewery, most of whose other offerings that I've had I've been fairly impressed with. Too much alcohol presence, too much bitterness without accompanying hop flavors, and the body needed to have more substance. (739 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"'Lordy, that's as red as the devil's britches,' exclaimed a local rancher, awed by the vibrant fall canopy ablaze on what is known today as Devil's Britches trail. Highland Brewing commemorates the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and Devil's Britches trail with a rich, red IPA. Ashburne Mild malt produces a toasted and biscuity flavor, and Extra Special malt renders an alluring red hue. Apollo hops provide aggressive bitterness (70 IBU), while dry-hopping with Calypso hops yields complex fruity and floral aromas with hints of pear and apple. This devishly delicious ale is Highland;s twist on the great American IPA." Brewed in the style of a Red IPA. The newest seasonal beer by Highland Brewing Company.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a toasted caramel cream head of a creamy froth consistency over a red-tinged copper body with moderate relaxed carbonation and high clarity. Lacing is light and curtained- retention is very good. Very pleasing appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is relatively clean with a light bready malt base. A mild citrus hop aroma tries to pair, but doesn't quite match the intensity. Potency overall is somewhat muted- none of the aromas really come forward to define this beer. 3.25

(Taste) Toasty caramel biscuit malts with a mellow bready sweetness. Hops are equally softened- some peppery, earthy characters and a touch of spice, but nothing is taking the reins. I don't personally find the bitterness too much. Balance is right on for the flavors involved, but collectively they're very light throughout. The toasted caramel is probably the most unique part of this IPA- I haven't had many IPAs with a toasted grain front like this one presents. The drinkability is incredibly high, as neither the malt nor the hop character trash the palate like heavier-bodied IPAs do. It's a good, session beer but likely won't meet the demands of the adventurous IPA bunch that go for a maltier or hoppier IPA. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is very smooth with a slight thickness and a mellow buzzy carbonation. Body is light+ for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, concealed by the little alpha bitterness that is perceptible to the tongue. The texture is very nice for this style, it helps keep the flavor and texture relatively uncomplicated, but it could be even more relaxed to go with the texture. Ingredients for a very sessionable IPA are all here, it just won't be to everybody's IPA expectations. Based on the recipe, the mouthfeel is good. 4

(Overall) Devil's Britches hits the mark for those who want an IPA that doesn't neutralize the taste buds or fill you up after one drink. Highland has a tendency to craft light, drinkable IPAs, and this one isn't all that exciting, but is enjoyable enough to drink a few in a row. Feel free to give it a try. 3.75

Highland Brewing Company's
Devil's Britches India Pale Ale
3.59/5.00 (2,960 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges the same color as Yuengling, copper reddish blood orange color with a slightly tanned head. Good spot of lacing, head retention is nice as well.

Aroma is quite nice. Definitely hoppy. Kind of an earthy, slightly floral hops aroma that is fresh and tickles the cilia. Plenty of caramel malts to back up the aroma with slight biscuit and cracker.

Solid flavor also. The mouthfeel is way thin, almost watery. Finishes very clean and stark dry, almost like champagne. Good bit of hop bitterness, slight grapefruit peel. Tis one is very easy to drink; too easy if you ask me. There is no chewiness or anything. Needs more body. Decent beer, plenty better out there. (718 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 10 April 2013.

Pours a medium-deep amber, slightly rusty. Mostly clear, with a column of bubbles rising up. One finger of off-white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is a malty medium-hopped herbal IPA with a shade of pine.

Taste is grainy, dominated by a moderate to high liquid, flowing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Medium-bodied, persistent, but with a flare of carbonation that livens the whole thing up.

A decent IPA, balanced, and heavier on the acids than the aromatics. (506 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft into pint glass

A: dark amber, small white head, minimal lacing

S: malty, hints of hop bitterness, grass an off almost moldy aroma (although not as bad as that sounds)

T: pretty tasty, good balance of malts and piney hop bitter, much better than the nose. High bitterness level is nice

M/D: medium body, appropriate carbonation, good drink ability

O: I liked it. Nothing spectacular but I'd drink again. Rating would be high if not for the off aroma (464 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of hops, pine, and some malt.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops (less than you might expect from an IPA), pine, and a little tinge of citrus. Like the aroma, the flavor was very mild. Almost seemed more like an English IPA than an American version.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A little on the tame side as IPAs go, but still worth a shot. Drinkable, but there are certainly other IPAs I would go for first. (653 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stopped in to Finnegan's Wake here in town, and saw this one on tap. A new one for me. Came out a rusty amber, rather than a pale orange that characterizes many IPAs. Small beige head on top. Excellent lacing as I sip this one.

Fresh floral aroma with mild citrus and faint piney notes. Moderate body, really easy to drink. Carbonation is spot on. Slightly dry on the finish. Nice bitter snap right away that lingers a bit on the palate. Semi-sweet grapefruit, bitter rind, touches of candied malt.

This one isn't gonna melt your face with bitterness, and that's just fine with me. Where there's surely a place for that type, this one brings the bitterness, but in a toned down way that makes this a fine easy-drinking ale. Nice work, Highland. (748 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass. Aggressively carbonated, nearly 3 fingers of caramel/cream colored thick (not bubbly) head. Body is amber/red and seemingly a bit murky. Lacing is quite good (spotty but very thick on the glass). Retention is absolutely fantastic.

S - Light caramel malts, refreshing apa type aroma (think apples), earthy/grassy hops, slightly biscuity. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Decent piney/floral hops initially, apples and mostly pears are dead on and quickly mediate the hops (with some sweeter caramel malt), making this a lighter ipa, probably ideal gateway IPA, light bitterness lingers after the fruits subside. Finish is very mildly bitter, and minimally dry.

M - Well carbonated visually, certainly carbonated on the palate as well but not overly carbonated as it may look. Very refreshing, really really easy to drink, decent lawnmower beer.

O - Definitely more of a mild flavor profile but a really good APA/IPA type brew. Very smooth, very refreshing, fantastic lacing and retention, ideal for those who dont love hop bombs as I do. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash glass on 3/27/13

Burnt tobacco; quite clear with a head just shy of two fingers. Thin, smooth retention and tightly speckled, sandy lace. Thick rings of lace further down.

Herbal and piney hop aroma with floral bleed. Full biscuit aroma sets the backdrop for the zesty hops. The taste is spicy with pine resin and brash herbal hits. The malts are full without being obtrusive. Bitterness is moderate throughout and rough on the finish. The finish is also a little dusty. Medium-full for the style with a resin-sticky feel is offset by fairly smooth, puffy carbonation.

I've had several of these and the Devil's Britches fit just fine. (661 characters)

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.